John McCain Provides A More Detailed Explanation After Donald Trump’s ‘Unclear’ Tweets On Transgender Americans In The Military

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Donald Trump is humiliating everyone, even John McCain.

As we reported, POTUS recklessly fired off tweets on Wednesday morning announcing his decision to ban transgender Americans from the military, citing “tremendous medical costs and disruption” and really not much else.

Shortly after, the 80-year-old Arizona Senator released a statement slamming Drumpf’s decision to make major policy announcements via Twitter and arguing there shouldn’t be any change of policy until Congress concludes and reviews an ongoing study by the Defense Department.

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McCain’s full statement read:

“The President’s tweet this morning regarding transgender Americans in the military is yet another example of why major policy announcements should not be made via Twitter.

The statement was unclear. The Department of Defense has already decided to allow currently-serving transgender individuals to stay in the military, and many are serving honorably today. Any American who meets current medical and readiness standards should be allowed to continue serving. There is no reason to force service members who are able to fight, train, and deploy to leave the military—regardless of their gender identity. We should all be guided by the principle that any American who wants to serve our country and is able to meet the standards should have the opportunity to do so—and should be treated as the patriots they are.

The Department of Defense is currently conducting a study on the medical obligations it would incur, the impact on military readiness, and related questions associated with the accession of transgender individuals who are not currently serving in uniform and wish to join the military. I do not believe that any new policy decision is appropriate until that study is complete and thoroughly reviewed by the Secretary of Defense, our military leadership, and the Congress.

The Senate Armed Services Committee will continue to follow closely and conduct oversight on the issue of transgender individuals serving in the military.”

At this point, we’re sure Donald tweets out whatever bullshit comes to mind just for shock value.

It’s also important to note that the Department of Defense is the largest single employer of trans people in the country with an estimated 15K currently serving.


Jul 26, 2017 1:02pm PST

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